New Senior Sales Team: Building for Success

Steven Hofer, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing
March 2, 2015

Today we finalized our acquisition of four sawmills from Simpson Lumber Company, and announced changes to our Sales & Marketing leadership.

The acquisition of the sawmills in Tacoma (Commencement Bay), WA; Longview, WA; Meldrim, GA; and Georgetown, SC, increases our annual lumber production capacity by 30 percent to 3.1 billion board feet and reinforces our position as the fastest growing lumber company in the world.

As we grow, we remain committed to our customer promise: to build value by delivering quality products “on spec, on time, every time”. To achieve this, having the right team in place is critical.

That’s why Interfor is proud to announce that Bart Bender will become our Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, on April 1. Bart will replace me as I turn my focus to leading Interfor’s growing presence in the US Northwest.

Bart is a proven industry leader with 20 years of experience in the wood products business and has built a reputation of delivering exemplary service to customers around the world. In his roles as General Manager and Vice President Sales at Ainsworth Engineered Canada LP, Bart led world-wide sales, marketing and logistics efforts. He is currently Senior Vice President, Operations at Ainsworth.

We also named three new Vice Presidents:

• Rick Fortunaso, Vice President, Sales & Marketing – Western Commodity and Specialty Lumber (including cedar);
• Donna Whitaker, Vice President, Sales & Marketing – Southern Yellow Pine;
• Craig Dohm, Vice President, Logistics.

This is an exciting time for our Company, and I believe, our customers. We’ve more than doubled in size in less than three years, we offer the broadest range of lumber products in the world, and we continue to look for ways to build value for customers around the globe.

I know Bart and his team will maintain the high level of service customers have come to expect from us. He will continue to post updates through this space on developments at Interfor and evolving trends in our industry.